A Spark of Joy   

We have moved three times within the last seven years.  And each house was smaller than the last.  So, we’ve given away more than half our possessions.

If we move, we will probably move into a larger place than our current one.  But oddly enough, having lived with less, I prefer not to have so many things (it’s amazing how much you accumulate when you’re not paying attention).  So, I have resolved to start tidying up regardless if we move or not.

I had heard about Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and watched half an episode of her Netflix reality show…but, I couldn’t commit.  She’s more of a perfectionist and values control, and I’m more wabi-sabi (I will totally disappoint her).

However, since I decided to undertake this tidying up challenge, I did get her book Spark Joy, “an illustrated master class on the art of organizing and tidying up.”  It’s more a how-to-guide focused on the basics of her KonMari Method (you can skip sections she says!).  It’s much more practical and less of the “life-changing magic” self-help focus of her first book.

Spark Joy is a quirky read, and at times too sentimental.  Regardless, I do like this one quote from the book:  Remember that you are not choosing what to discard but rather what to keep.  Keep only things that bring you joy.  And when you discard anything that doesn’t, don’t forget to thank it before saying good-bye.  By letting go of the things that have been in your life with a feeling of gratitude, you foster appreciation for, and a desire to take better care of, the things in your life.

Yes, reading it made me think of Butter – but having a sense of gratitude for the people (good and bad), pets and things in your life creates a state of well-being.  Maybe that’s the life-changing magic?

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